Operation bugger up UKIP seems to be rearing it’s head again after all the panic over the SNP.
I listened carefully to Nigel Farage’s comments during an interview with the former head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, for a Channel 4 documentary called ‘Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True’. He was also asked about it on the BBC Today programme.
Farage said : “I think the employer should be much freer to make decisions on who she or he employs. I would argue that the law does need changing, and that if an employer wishes to choose, or you can use the word ‘discriminate’ if you want to, but wishes to choose to employ a British-born person, they should be allowed to do so.“
And, of course, the other political parties and the media immediately latched onto the word ‘discriminate‘ to brand Farage as a racist dinosaur – not because he is, but because that’s what they want the public to think.
So should employers be allowed to put British workers before foreigners if they choose to do so? Of course they should if that’s their choice. And the point is that it should be their choice.
And let’s remember that whilst Labour’s shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, is branding Farage as a racist, the Labour Party is discriminating against men with all female short lists. And Ed Miliband has also said that he wants to change things that he thinks are making the labour market unfair for British workers, by stopping firms recruiting solely from abroad.
Gordon Brown before him also stood on a platform of ‘British jobs for British workers’ so the expression ‘hypocrite’ springs immediately to mind.
Many years ago when I had a proper job in the corporate world, I ran a fairly large department. Because of the laws on discrimination, I had to be extra careful to keep detailed interview notes and be able to justify the selection of white candidates when there were non-white applicants. It was alright for me to employ a non-white or an immigrant – no questions asked, but if I selected a white able bodied male then I had to justify the decision in triplicate. This is clearly wrong. Employers should be allowed to select the best person for the job in their opinion.
I ended up in a tribunal once for discriminating against a Nigerian by employing a white British female for a job. He reported me. He clearly lied on his CV and didn’t have the skills I needed. In court, I told the panel that I didn’t select him because he was an incompetent liar. I was told I was not allowed to say such things.
“I’m not allowed to say he is an incompetent liar?” I said. “No” I was told. “Very well” I replied, “I withdraw my remarks about him being an incompetent liar.” By this time, I think the panel had got the message. But the main point I am making is that is a white, British, able bodied, heterosexual male could have been rejected out of hand and that would have been alright. But no, this guy could play the race card.
That’s the stupidity of the current discrimination laws and Farage is right they should be reviewed. He never said they should be abandoned as is being suggested. The Labour Party would seem to agree, but that’s best forgotten by the likes of Mr Khan because it doesn’t suit the election campaign.
What is this country coming to when we sink to such gutter politics?